The Chamber is pleased to report that once again there has been great response to our Winter Breakfast Series. These meetings not only provide business owners with important, timely, and useful information, but they also allow for business-to-business networking, sharing ideas, and, of course, socializing. State General Treasurer Frank Caprio spoke at the Chamber breakfast this week about the budget challenges that face local towns in Rhode Island.
Our third and final breakfast will be in early April, with details coming soon. As with our other breakfasts, the meeting will be held at the Wyndham Bay Voyage with a cost of $15 for Chamber members, and $20 for non-members
Chamber members are excited over the early results from and reaction to its "Buy Jamestown" effort. The campaign has begun with a survey launched in paper format and online a couple of weeks ago. Thus far, Jamestowners have been very generous with their opinions on what local merchants can do to better meet local residents' needs. Another important result of the survey is to raise the awareness of our citizens to the importance and advantages of buying from local merchants and utilizing the many service people located here in Jamestown. To fill out the survey on line, please go to www.Buy- JamestownRI.com.
Friday, March 27, is the deadline for local organizations to submit letters of interest in becoming the recipient of the Chamber's annual "Night At…" fund-raiser dinner dance. Letters should state what the group does and what goals this donation will help them reach. The organization must be willing to assist in planning the event as well as working set-up and breakdown. Last year the Chamber donated $5,000 to the Jamestown Community Theatre. In these challenging economic times, that kind of contribution can make a real difference. Please submit your letters to the Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 35, Jamestown, RI 02835.
Chamber members - save the date! The Chamber's Annual Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at Tricia's Tropi- Grille. There will be a very short business meeting during which the new board members will be elected, followed by food, entertainment, and cash bar. This meeting is for Chamber members only, so if you are thinking about joining, now is the time. For further information on Chamber activities, go to the Chamber's website, or contact Donna Olney Kohler, Executive Director, 401-423-3650, or info@ jamestownRIchamber.com